New House, New Projects, New Fiances, Same Diabetes!

Finally a blog post slightly more personable than diabetes or blood sugar related.

We have closed on our first house.


There is a ton of work that has been done, and a ton more needs to be done. We are having a “Welcome to our New Home party” in just a short few weeks, and want to make sure the house is at least presentable (and partially moved in?) in time.

We bought a fixer-upper. We needed to install a new bathroom, a new kitchen, lots of yard work, a new patio, and of course a suitable paint job for our taste/style. It has and will continue to take a lot of work to get it maintained. However, my diabetes does not like that I’ve been working harder than before. Each. And. Every. Night!

Last night, my husband and I went to the house to do some minor patch up & prep work. Our goal was to have everything ready for my dad to come over to paint the door & window trims. I have purposely been leaving juice boxes at our house because low blood sugars have become a reoccurring thing. My blood sugar was steady when I got to the house (around 130mg/dL), and dropped quickly. Everyday I go to do some work, my blood sugar seems goes low.

A few weeks ago, we had pulled out a whole bunch of pachysandra plants had overgrown into our yard. I drank at least 4 juice boxes, had some snacks, and couldn’t tell you how long it took to get my blood sugar up above 65 mg/dL. My family was helping, and were constantly commenting that “your diabetes machine is going off again…”

I guess I have been getting lazy in recent years. I have not worked this hard in a very long time. Maybe my diabetes is trying to tell me that. The excitement of seeing projects get checked off the “To-Do” list has been a big motivator of mine. It has been a very exciting journey to this point in time. Diabetes just seems to be another part of that unusual but soon-to-be-normal routine.

We still have quite a few projects to complete before we can agree to start moving furniture into our house. You may not see many posts from me in the coming month, but note, I live with type 1 diabetes and it’s still effecting me every single hour of every single day. I need to adjust my basal rates so that I my blood sugars don’t fall so low. Hopefully in the midst of all this chaos and building our dream home, I can learn how to treat these lows a little better.

Type 1 Diabetes + Beach = List of Essentials

This past weekend, my friends, siblings and I went to the beach. Yay!! Just what everyone wants to do on a gorgeous 90 degree weather day.

Beach Essentials for Living with Type 1 DiabetesUnfortunately, for those of us suffering with type 1 diabetes, it’s not always that easy. We need to plan ahead. We need to pack extra snacks in case of an unexpected low. We need to carry around an extra insulin pump/pump set in case it gets ripped off by a wave. We need to make sure our pumps and CGM sensors are all placed on our body properly so we don’t get funky tan lines! And remember to check blood sugars more often when being in the sun (mine tend to rise slightly higher than I would like).. My friend and I know it all too well!

Luckily, we had planned a week in advanced that we would be going to the beach. I knew what I needed to bring. She knew what she needed to bring. Those living with type 1 who have never been to the beach (or never thought about what to really bring), here is my list of Type 1 Diabetes + Beach Essentials:

  • 3 Juice Boxes
  • Granola Bars (I’ve found Chewy bars to be the perfect mix to raise my blood sugar, and keep it steady for several hours)
  • Glucose Tablets
  • Insulin
  • Test Kit
  • Dexcom Receiver
  • Needles (just in case I rip off my pump)
  • Extra OmniPod Insulin pump pouch (again, in case I rip off my pump)

Type 1 Diabetes + Beach = Essentials List |

I ended up placing my Dexcom sensor on the side of my boob, and my OmniPod Insulin Pump on the upper part of my butt. (Sorry, hubby won’t let me post ‘detailed’ pictures!) I ended up getting a great tan, had a great time, and met some pretty cool people. Here is where I hid my dexcom sensor… and one of my most favorite spots!

Temporary Medical Alert Tattoos

You may have read a recent post of mine about PumpPeelz. They create custom design patterns to fit over your blood sugar meters, Omnipod pumps and continuous glucose monitor systems. It seems that they are also jumping on the bandwagon of diabetes awareness with their new Temporary Medical Alert tattoos!

In my opinion, it is important to be accepting of having diabetes, and making others aware of my medical issues. I have a medial ID bracelet permanently tattooed to my wrist. Click here to see what my medical tattoo looks like.

Pump Peelz explains, “Because we aren’t brave enough to get a real one. There is some truth to this. But really, we thought for those fun trips to the beach or even just to a friend’s house it would be nice to have a temporary solution that is inexpensive and won’t get lost.” I think its a wonderful idea for children (and anyone who’s not old enough or brave enough to get a real tattoo) to use these temporary medical ID tattoos.

My tattoo has helped to spark up a conversation with complete strangers while at the store and with ladies beside me at the nail salon. The tattoo has helped me to voice “hey, I have type 1 diabetes!!  If something is wrong, that could be the problem.” These temporary tattoos would do much of the same.

Temporary Medical Alert Tattoos by PumpPeelz |
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Insider News

I’ve noticed it is t1d blog week, but with a hell of a lot of other things going on in my life, and I know I’ve been slacking. I hope my readers understand, and that I post enough throughout any typical week that you’ll let me slide!

I received this email today from JDRF. I think it’s important to share all the research that is going on for Type 1 Diabetes. If you haven’t noticed, I am an advocate for t1d research. Hopefully one day soon, I will have an artificial pancreas that will monitor my blood sugar levels and give me insulin without me needing to lift a finger. I really would like to get involved in some of this research, so if anyone is looking for candidates, email me!

Check out the article below about some new advances from JDRF.

JDRF: Insider News

Artificial Pancreas

New JDRF-Funded Technology in Collaboration with BD and Helmsley Charitable Trust Offer Improved Insulin Delivery with Less Pain

Today we celebrate a significant achievement in the fight against T1D. Becton Dickinson Medical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its application to begin production of its novel FlowSmartTM insulin infusion set. This important accomplishment would not have been possible without help from our many supporters. We are extremely grateful to our donors, partners and the entire T1D community.

The new infusion set is designed for use with insulin pumps sold in the U.S., and studies show that it has significantly fewer flow interruptions and blockages than regular sets. The smaller needle also causes less insertion site trauma.

Infusion sets are a critical part of effective insulin-pump therapy, yet these sets have seen little innovation over the years. More than six years ago, JDRF Research and BD Diabetes Care leadership helped bridge that gap through a multi-year partnership with BD and a seven-figure investment by JDRF and the Helmsley Charitable Trust to develop FlowSmart technology.

This new infusion technology could play an important role in developing highly reliable and effective artificial pancreas systems, which aim to require little monitoring and action on the part of the user. JDRF donors helped make possible this important step towards creating a world without T1D.

Read about ways to support JDRF here.

The Marriage to Diabetes

It’s been less than a year for my husband and I. We are still considered “newlyweds.” We are currently about to close on a house. I am trying to understand why people find keeping a marriage together so damn hard?

I feel like I’ve been in a marriage for most of my life… Married to my type 1 diabetes that is. Everyday is a battle to keep my blood sugars in control. Everyday I try to avoid that argument with diabetes, and stay steady at 100mg/dL. When I bolus correctly, exercise properly and don’t eat a bunch of crap, t1d and I are pretty gosh darn happy. Our ‘marriage’ isn’t at risk.

That is not always the case. Many times t1d and I argue. I’ll want to take a walk with the dog; t1d will give me a low blood sugar. I will want to eat a slice of pizza; t1d will punish me with a high for hours later. I’m not hungry, and t1d gives me a low and forces me to eat. I don’t feel well, and t1d makes it worse with another high. It seems like all t1d and I do is argue!

But somehow, I make it work. I have to make it work. How I control t1d now effects my future and my life depends upon it. The life my husband and I have depends upon it. The lives of our future children will also depend upon it.

Controlling diabetes, much like a marriage, is a roller-coaster of ups and downs. The important thing is to keep it balanced, and love all the steady 100mg/dL memories.

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